Google “Assistant” May Leave Siri Speechless

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  1. Nicola says:

    I have to say that I wasn’t that impressed. I asked it, Do books have ahoutrs? , and it couldn’t provide an answer. Now that’s the sort of factual knowledge that a question-answering system should be able to discover on its own, given access to enough webpages. By god, I’m going to write one of these myself on day!All they have to do to make the machine discover that books have ahoutrs is to scan a dictionary. Some dictionaries define author as one who writes a book . By itself, that wouldn’t be enough information to tell whether all books have ahoutrs ; so, what one could do is to have the system check a long list of books to see whether they have ahoutrs and then, if so, it could reach a high level of confidence that all books have ahoutrs . The exact same procedure should work to discover that statues have sculptors or creators; planets have orbits; houses have rooms; animals have habitats; etc. etc.This strategy wouldn’t work with a statement like all humans have hands , because some humans are handicapped and have no hands. The way to solve this problem is to sub-divide the category (micro-context) humans into the two sub-categories non-handicapped humans and handicapped humans , and then the claim all (non-handicapped) humans have hands would be a true statement in the former category, while only sometimes being true in the latter.


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